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Grief never ends,|
but it changes.
It is a passage,
not a place to stay.
Grief is not a sign of
weakness or lack of faith...
it is the price of love.
I don't make more than a couple memorials a day on average, but have done research into the families of lots of them...same for many whose pictures I post...making me gladly able to help with most anyone's ancestral brick walls however I can.
While Google-ing along roads we biked over 50 years ago, I've noticed some homes, buildings, and even streets in my elementary school neighborhood missing while others are basically unchanged...made me think I should keep add/linking together those families I grew up with...sure wish my home-town newspaper archives were online so I could find the details of a murder that involved the Green Wing Grocery!
Obviously FindAGrave is like any other pyramid-type set-up...so as the membership increases, memorials and pictures left to be added decrease. There are already over 125,000,000 memorials; so considering that half the people who ever lived on Planet Earth are living now, and that it's unknown where over 90% of the dead are...how many does that leave? ½-LOL and go figure.
The picture "request" function started around mid-2007, and pix were limited in size to 250K: a comparatively tiny 1/32 of 8M now allowed; at first there was only one guy and me taking pix in Arlington National (all that white granite for matching military markers comes from Vermont...not China :^), and there weren't many requests, so you can see how membership and contributions have exploded! I've had to tell my eager grandboy that there will probably be little picture-taking left to do when another seven years pass, just always recent deaths to add.
Fodder is running lower, but there are still helpful and personally-rewarding "angel" tasks to be done...2015 is bringing FaG-ers the ability to upload pic from onsite, and then others to help with the transcriptions.
ANY information on privately-owned and defunct burial places is still ALWAYS appreciated by those seeking the trails of their ancestors...are they still there lying unmarked and disrespected? Were they moved elsewhere? Are they near other family and/or friends? I was gladly able to do this for the cemetery nearest to me in kidhood that I never knew about way back then ~ when I held my breath in passing cemeteries ~ as it was already defunct...altho' one of my brothers once found a toppled headstone while bike-riding (him, not the headstone) dirt roads there.
Those who are willing & able: little burial grounds usually need cleaning and repairs; but don't go alone, and be careful ~ I myself have encountered snakes and Black Widow spiders...and been told creepy tales about the LIVING I might encounter. Which reminds me I did visit one cemetery that had a houseless person living in it...not home, but I didn't want to bother his belongings.
You many kind, prolific contributors might try adding people from their death records found online...including from where you got the data and that they probably have no marker so the living don't get false hope for a picture.
Other Less-Important Stuff:
Some might think others of us are too possessive about pictures we take and post, but you probably haven't encountered a self-aggrandizer who deletes memorials after lifting the pictures others added to them and then remakes the memorials with same pictures claimed as their own. As on any real city block, not everything is hunky-dory here; and not all the neighbors are nice. It takes just one wormy rotten apple ~ plus a few manipulators, stalkers, and egotistical game players (especially the ones who post DUPLICATE WRONG pictures on purpose and/or put burials/cremations willy-nilly into incorrect cemeteries just to inflate their "contributions" and then get huffy & vindictive when others notice the obvious, duh) ~ to require rules for the rest of us in the barrel.
COMMENTS ON MESSAGES TO ME ABOUT COPYRIGHT ISSUES, INCLUDING FindAGrave's OWN rules and regulations, found here ~ FindAGrave FAQs ~ which admonish, among else: >>The copyright of all photos posted to Find A Grave remains with the original submitter. No use of photos for any other website or personal use is given without prior consent of the original submitter.<<
You can use pictures I've taken and posted on this site in your online family trees by making a connective link to the original and/or including "© FindAGrave member #46897564"; none may be sold and/or exchanged for any type of payment.
I found including biographies & obits helpful, but they are against site rules unless I/you own the copyrights so do not ask me to add any to memorials unless you can include ownership assurance.
My Reasons for Being on FindAGrave:
I oversaw the newsletter of Colonel David Hackworth, military author/ commentator/ columnist with 8 Purple Hearts, for several years until he died from the effects of Agent Blue (used along with Agent Orange in Vietnam) while my husband was off in a war zone; at which time I needed a new focus and determined to pin-point our then-totally-unknown ancestors: at least 28 Revolutionary War Patriots, his Mayflower and Salem "witch" ancestors, my Swedish "hanky-panky in the palace" & Scottish Robert the Bruce people...and many *ships who pass in the night* ~ then sometimes remain friends ~ who have been great fun, challenges, and blessings to find.
So, at the onset in 2005, I was first able to find basic facts of the missing Major James Powell, and began a two-year mission to restore his legacy which was lost upon his death at Shiloh 145 years ago today as I write this 06APRIL2007. This long walk, still being shared with both living and non-bodied souls, is what educated me in how to usually quite rapidly find pertinent data for you "strangers," which I still remain happily willing to do!
My biggest peeve in research was seeing my favorite greatgrandmother constantly referred to as "Mrs. G.: husband's first initial and married name" ~ most ALL females losing their identities* up into the 1960s; so I'm elated whenever I successfully work the puzzles ~ better than word math, sudoku, or cryptograms ~ of finding and posting ladies' maiden names as the most appropriate and long-lasting FLOWERS to their memories, and alas, I still have just ONE nee name in my own Heck(ofA)family to dig up.
*Since transcribing others' photos on FindAGrave, gotta note it's been delightful to see cemeteries in Canada that almost ALWAYS include ladies' maiden names on tombstones.
May all of Granny Vance's roses perpetually bloom bright and happy!🍹
The book of life is brief,
And once the pages read
All but love is dead:
That is my belief.
(Bobby Goldsboro, 1960s)
God is Love.
(1 John 4:8)
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|Donna Markey||Photos at East Randolph Cemetery|
Thank you so much for adding the photos I requested at East Randolph Cemetery.
Thank you for your time and effort in obtaining and publishing the photos of the Tinnin family marker. Have a blessed day!
|LINDA JOYCE OLDENBORG-SMITH||Ernest Bennett|
Thanks for the photo Linda
|Tim Parks||Panada family|
Thank you for taking the time to take and upload the Panada family gravestones. It is greatly appreciated.
|Judy Baker||Debbie Milligan #122766661|
Thank you so very much for taking the time to find and photograph the headstone of my childhood friend!! Your efforts to help us all honor our ancestors and relatives are greatly appreciated!!! A photo personalizes the memorials and, for me at least, brings an "Ahhh" moment! :) Debbie died too young of leukemia.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
Thank you for the time you took to photograph the Lawhead headstones. It is much appreciated.
Added by Colleen on May 23, 2015 3:47 PM
|Anne Calico||Catherine White Walsh gravestone photo|
Thanking you for providing this photo of my 3rd Great Grandmother's grave stone. I could not have imagined it would be such a lovely tribute to her and her family. Your contribution to our family's genealogical research is most appreciated.
All the best,
Sure do appreciate your effort in adding a photo to his memorial. Thank you so much.
Added by SMPowell on May 23, 2015 10:27 AM
|Gary L. Otten||Sims|
Thank you very much for pic of Ruth Sims.
|Thomas Oristian||Baish & Schreiber pics from Mt. Calvary Cemetery|
Thanks very much for the photographs of the five graves.
Sincerely - Tom O
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